MOUNT PLEASANT — Central Michigan sophomore Crystal Bradford has been invited to the USA Basketball World University Games Team trials to be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 16-19.
The tryouts will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) and the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee has invited approximately 35 players to the trials.
The USA Basketball Junior National Team will select a 12 members to represent the red, white and blue at the 2013 World University Games, which will be played July 8-15.
Oklahoma head coach Sherry Coale will guide the USA Basketball World University Games squad.
“This is a great honor for CB to be recognized as one of the top players in the country and to have the opportunity to represent our country,” head coach Sue Guevara said. “She had a very solid year and it is good to see it being recognized. Coach Coale has already seen what Crystal can do on the floor and I’m sure she is looking forward to what she can bring to USA Basketball. It is a milestone for our program and it shows that you can chase dreams of winning championships, representing your country and even winning a gold medal as a part of the Central Michigan program.”
Bradford was a first-team All-MAC selection in 2013 and became the first player in Central Michigan women’s basketball history to score 500 points and score 300 rebounds in a single season. She set a program record with 217 made field goals and was just one of three players in the country to lead her team in points, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks during the regular season.
The Detroit, Mich., native led the Chippewas to their first Mid-American Conference Tournament title since 1984 and earned MAC Tournament MVP honors after averaging 18.7 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks per game, sending them to the NCAA First Round versus Coale’s Oklahoma Sooners.
Despite a five-point loss to the Sooners, Bradford shined on the national stage by setting program tournament records of 36 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and held every other year, the World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born Jan. 1, 1989 through Dec. 31, 1995). The U.S. women’s basketball team will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
Including the USA and host Russia, a total of 16 nations will compete in the 2013 World University Games women’s basketball competition, which also will feature teams from Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine.
USA Basketball women's teams have participated in 16 prior World University Games and collected a record eight gold medals, six silvers and one bronze medal. Further, since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled a 95-15 record. In 2011 the USA, led by 2012 NCAA National Player of the Year nominees Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins, as well as 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year Nneka Ogwumike, posted a 6-0 slate en route to the gold medal.